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Does green poo mean colic?

kristagkristag
posted 8 years 11 months ago
Sophie has had 3 green poo (TMI) nappies this evening. I've had a scan around the web and it seems this could be caused by (a) colic, (b) taking too much of the foremilk and getting too much lactose or (c) a tummy bug Scared

She is feeding quite a bit and as I've been feeling a little unwell today (sore throat - Mike's been ill too the last few days) I've been worried she's not getting enough milk and have been offering both breasts (heck, should this be in the BF forum??) which she has been taking.

She's not shouting with colic so I'm thinking (b) or (c) above.

Anyone else had this happen all of a sudden? Up until today, normal mustard colour poo you would expect from a BF baby.


AlexAlex Moderator
posted 8 years 11 months ago
I would say green is she isnt well.

kristagkristag
posted 8 years 11 months ago
I tried googling some different words and found this http://www.babycentre.co.uk/baby/breastfeeding/greenstools/

"Green stools in a baby who is receiving nothing but breastmilk are a warning sign that all is not well. If your baby's stools are nearly always green and if he is not gaining weight well even though your milk supply seems fine, then it could be that he is getting too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk. As the foremilk is more dilute, with more lactose and less calories, it stimulates your baby's digestive tract to move the milk along too fast producing green, often explosive, nappies!

If you are taking him off the first breast before he comes off spontaneously, try waiting until your baby finishes the first breast to get enough hindmilk before offering the second breast; it may even be that he will only need one breast per feed. Ask a breastfeeding counsellor or infant feeding specialist to check that your baby is properly latched on and that he is managing to extract all the calorie-rich hindmilk.
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Sounds like that could be it. She certainly is explosive at the moment!

mum2popsnjakmum2popsnjak
posted 8 years 11 months ago
It sounds more like that than her being poorly hun. I would have thought there would be other signs if she was poorly. Like her crying, lifting her legs, maybe being sick etc. You say she is feeding more often, is she feeding for the same length as time as normal or feeding more but for shorter periods? If she is feeding for shorter it could definitely be that she is getting a lot of fore milk? Especially if you are offering her both breasts each time.
Or have you eaten anything different, that maybe doesn't agree with her system? I would maybe leave it for now and if it is still the same all day tommorow take her to the doctor for a checkup? Xx

kristagkristag
posted 8 years 11 months ago

mum2popsnjak said:
It sounds more like that than her being poorly hun. I would have thought there would be other signs if she was poorly. Like her crying, lifting her legs, maybe being sick etc. You say she is feeding more often, is she feeding for the same length as time as normal or feeding more but for shorter periods? If she is feeding for shorter it could definitely be that she is getting a lot of fore milk? Especially if you are offering her both breasts each time.
Or have you eaten anything different, that maybe doesn't agree with her system? I would maybe leave it for now and if it is still the same all day tommorow take her to the doctor for a checkup? Xx


I agree. She's not off colour at all so I don't think she's in the slightest unwell.

She is feeding more and for shorter periods. I thought maybe I wasn't producing enough milk as I haven't been drinking enough fluids for the last few days so I put her on both breasts to ensure she gets enough. Sounds like it could be a foremilk issue.

I will see how it goes today and keep you posted. Thanks hun Hug

AlexAlex Moderator
posted 8 years 11 months ago
If you are taking him off the first breast before he comes off spontaneously, try waiting until your baby finishes the first breast to get enough hindmilk before offering the second breast; it may even be that he will only need one breast per feed. Ask a breastfeeding counsellor or infant feeding specialist to check that your baby is properly latched on and that he is managing to extract all the calorie-rich hindmilk."

sounds like this.

Remember to drink plenty to hun (especiaaly if you are feeling yuk)

kristagkristag
posted 8 years 11 months ago
I'm trying hard to drink plenty but have to be honest and say struggling a bit. Her first feeds of the day she's fine but then she wants feeding every 2 hours or so and shouts after being on the boob for about 10 minutes. Feeling a little low about it today Sad

On the plus side, todays poo is back to normal Thumbs Up

Thanks ladies for your support. Things do worry me sometimes.

glowingsunglowingsun
posted 8 years 11 months ago
No. My daughter got green poo from peas and some types of formulas. Actually come to remembering, all babies have yellow or green poo till they start on solids.
If your worried about collic, look for constipation or diharria. That's a sign of tummy trouble.
What i have always found peculiar is that colic is a form of a stomach problem in horses. In babies, colic is just a baby that cries alot. i never believed the baby version. If a baby is crying more than usual then something must be wrong. However, professionals swear it's just an need to cry.

soupsoup
posted 8 years 11 months ago
i would suggest krista expressing a bit off 1st so theres not so much fore milk

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